May 21st, 2008

D.C. v. Heller — Supreme Court Argument Audio Offered

Most legal experts agree that the case of District of Columbia v. Heller is the most important Second Amendment case in nearly 70 years. The case, brought by Dick Heller, a security guard who lives in the District of Columbia, seeks to overturn the District’s complete ban on handguns for personal defense in the home. This case presents a Second Amendment issue front and center — the Supreme Court must decide whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution confers an individual right to “keep and bear arms” or whether it only empowers an organized militia.

Oral arguments in the case were heard on March 18, 2008. The final, written decision is expected by mid-summer, maybe even in June. Until then, we wait with anticipation. It appeared, based on the statements of the Justices during oral arguments, that a majority of High Court members (including Chief Justice Roberts) agree that the Second Amendment recognizes an individual right. If that’s how the Supreme Court rules, it will be a major victory for gun rights advocates. However, that could give rise to further legal battles, to determine what is “reasonable regulation”.

If you haven’t listened to the D.C. v. Heller Oral Arguments yet, you owe it to yourself to do so. Michael Bane of DownRangeTV has collected the official audio recordings of the DC vs. Heller oral argument. These are now available in MP3, streaming audio versions, on the DownRangeTV website.

CLICK HERE to Access Oral Arguments (MP3 AUDIO)

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